The racing action from Saratoga is in full swing. The most notable winners of the first weekend of racing were Georgie’s Angel in the Schuylerville and Overdriven in the Sanford. Both charges were trained by Todd Pletcher (go figure). You couldn’t get a price on either one, but that didn’t stop us from scoring a profitable weekend. Let’s take a look at a few of our winners at Saratoga from opening weekend.
Race 3 (Friday)
Wise Stop ($11.80) went wire to wire for trainer Rudy Rodriguez. We really liked him as a lone speed prospect and he rewarded us for the confidence.
Race 1 (Saturday)
Shatoosh stretched out on the turf for top trainer Michael Matz and jockey Ramon Dominguez. The filly made the front and nearly held on for the win, but was nailed by favored Deanaallen’skitten on the wire. She returned $16.00 to place while keying a $145 exacta behind the chalk.
Race 5 (Saturday)
Dynafortwo ($11.80) was a top rated play. The son of Dynaformer was making his second start for trainer Christophe Clement and jockey Julien Leparoux. His works were great and when you consider he was racing for the best turf trainer and jockey in America it made him a very appealing play.
Race 10 (Saturday)
Stakes are our forte and the CCA Oaks was a key play. It’s Tricky ($10.60) showed tremendous grit coming back to defeat Turbulent Descent in the Acorn after losing at Gulfstream. We backed the hometown filly here and she rewarded us with a big price considering the short field.
Race 11 (Saturday)
Binks Forest ($9.10) moved to the barn of top turf trainer William Phipps for this race and won easily. Thank to him our top picks in each of the last two legs of the $1,448 Pick 4 won. Nailing an exotic like that is much easier if you can single your top choices.
Race 3 (Sunday)
I love horses dropping way down in class under the right circumstances. Hystericalcat ($32.80) was making just such a move and I knew I had a big shot with him when I saw his last two bullet works. The speedster cut back in distance got the job done at a huge price.
Race 4 (Sunday)
Happy Bull ($4.10) didn’t pay a big price, but considering our top picks won two consecutive legs of the Pick 4 (again) he is worth mentioning. That exotic wager paid $5,882.
I’ve handicapped the Saratoga meet for a few years and I can say from experience that I only get better as time goes on. It’s not too late to get in our Saratoga picks for the meet. Head over to our Saratoga picks page to find more information about getting our Monday picks as well for the rest of the meet!